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The Only ‘National Security’ Necessary Is the Elimination of the ‘National Security State’

Posted by M. C. on August 13, 2022

“The words ‘national’ and ‘security’ are like precursors for a binary chemical weapon: not overly dangerous by themselves, but capable of completely shutting down the brain and nervous system when used in combination.”

John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic

By Gary D. Barnett

“I’m afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security.”

Jim Garrison

“National Security” is just the excuse for every form imaginable of tyranny, totalitarianism, privacy destruction, abuse of freedoms, aggression, terror, and war. Every time I hear this deceptive and scurrilous term, I cringe knowing that lies, deceit, and horror are on the horizon. It is based completely on false fear; fear planted in the minds of the people in order to force (goad) them to run to government and the state for protection from fabricated enemies. It is the state’s go to argument when additional control is sought, and it has worked nearly every time it has been tried. It is currently the mainstay of this fascist state called America, and it is still effective. The term ‘national security’ is nothing more than sheer propaganda based on unwarranted fearmongering.

One has to wonder, given that this country has never been aggressively attacked on its home soil by any foreign aggressor state, how the term ‘national security’ ever became the default reasoning for any and every aggressive war waged by this government against countries around the world. It is not just war against other innocent countries that has been waged, aggression in the name of national security has been levied against the American population almost continually, whether in the case of desired war, disasters, ‘pandemics,’ bogus ‘climate change’ risks, state and federal emergencies, and any number of other deceptive means of control.

Before the letters start rolling in claiming that the sinking of the Lusitania, the Pearl Harbor attack, the Gulf of Tonkin false flag, and the 9/11 inside job were acts of pure aggression by outsiders, please refrain from such nonsense. They all, and many more, were set up and staged, and led to major wars of aggression by the U.S. against multiple foreign countries that had nothing to do with attacking America. In the process, freedom was destroyed. This has been written about by very many scholars for decades, and plenty of proof has been forthcoming. As I have stated over and over again, the United States has aggressively attacked many other countries, as well as Americans, and has prosecuted wars of aggression for 93% (an understatement in my estimation) of its entire history against those who never attacked or were a threat to this country; all under the pretext of ‘national security.’

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The Invisible Power Controlling the US Government

Posted by M. C. on July 1, 2022

How Trump’s “Schedule F” could have drained the swamp.

None of this was ordered by legislation. It was all invented on the spot by the permanent staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We had no idea they had such power. But they do. And that same power which allowed those egregious attacks on rights and liberties also belongs to the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security, and all the rest. 

By Robert W Malone MD, MS
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I have written extensively on inverted totalitarianism, that being the once nascent, now entrenched form of government that truly controls the levers of federal power in the United States. This behemoth has turned the USA into a “managed democracy”; a bureaucracy which cannot be held accountable by the elected representatives of the people. Sometimes called the 4th estate, this monster is also referred to as the “deep state” the civil service, or the administrative state.

Inverted totalitarianism does not have an authoritarian leader, but instead is run by a non-transparent group of bureaucrats. This unelected, invisible ruling class runs the country from within. They are easily influenced by corporate interests due to both the lure of powerful jobs after federal employment and the capture of our legislative bodies by the lobbyists serving concealed corporate interests.

One element of inverted totalitarianism is that the administrative state typically inserts stricter and stricter rules and regulations to control the populace. Not at the behest of Congress or the President, but rather by and for the interests of the administrative state itself. Power begets power. We the people are forced into compliance by an unknown and unknowable invisible ruling class, with no way to even understand who, what, or how they are forcing this compliance upon us. As if that is not bad enough, in these modern times, the globalist corporations and financial groups have come to play a larger and larger role in controlling this administrative state.

The Brownstone Institute’s Jeffery Tucker recently wrote an article about an executive order passed by Trump shortly before his departure, which would have enabled huge progress towards reigning in the power of the administrative state. This executive order would have created a federal employee category referred to as “Schedule F”.

This new employee classification system would have included federal workers in “confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating character,” which are “not normally subject to change as the result of a presidential transition.”

The executive order would have allowed agencies to reclassify policy jobs under a new schedule, and had proposed to give senior managers greater flexibility in hiring candidates and firing employees.

Significantly, this new executive order was one of the first to go when President Biden began his presidency.

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The Last Days of the Covidian Cult

Posted by M. C. on January 19, 2022

I don’t know what is going to happen. I’m not an oracle. I’m just a satirist. But we are getting dangerously close to the point where GloboCap will need to go full-blown fascist if they want to finish what they started. If that happens, things are going to get very ugly. I know, things are already ugly, but I’m talking a whole different kind of ugly. Think Jonestown, or Hitler’s final days in the bunker, or the last few months of the Manson Family.

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2022/january/19/the-last-days-of-the-covidian-cult/

Written by C.J. Hopkins

This isn’t going to be pretty, folks. The downfall of a death cult rarely is. There is going to be wailing and gnashing of teeth, incoherent fanatical jabbering, mass deleting of embarrassing tweets. There’s going to be a veritable tsunami of desperate rationalizing, strenuous denying, shameless blame-shifting, and other forms of ass-covering, as suddenly former Covidian Cult members make a last-minute break for the jungle before the fully-vaxxed-and-boosted “Safe and Effective Kool-Aid” servers get to them.

Yes, that’s right, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, the official Covid narrative is finally falling apart, or is being hastily disassembled, or historically revised, right before our eyes. The “experts” and “authorities” are finally acknowledging that the “Covid deaths” and “hospitalization” statistics are artificially inflated and totally unreliable(which they have been from the very beginning), and they are admitting that their miracle “vaccines” don’t work(unless you change the definition of the word “vaccine”), and that they have killed a few peopleor maybe more than a few people, and that lockdowns were probably “a serious mistake.”

I am not going to bother with further citations. You can surf the Internet as well as I can. The point is, the “Apocalyptic Pandemic” PSYOP has reached its expiration date. After almost two years of mass hysteria over a virus that causes mild-to-moderate common-cold or flu-like symptoms (or absolutely no symptoms whatsoever) in about 95% of the infected and the overall infection fatality rate of which is approximately 0.1% to 0.5%, people’s nerves are shot. We are all exhausted. Even the Covidian cultists are exhausted. And they are starting to abandon the cult en masse.

It was always mostly just a matter of time. As Klaus Schwab said, “the pandemic represent[ed] a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.”

It isn’t over, but that window is closing, and our world has not been “reimagined” and “reset,” not irrevocably, not just yet. Clearly, GloboCap underestimated the potential resistance to the Great Reset, and the time it would take to crush that resistance. And now the clock is running down, and the resistance isn’t crushed … on the contrary, it is growing. And there is nothing GloboCap can do to stop it, other than go openly totalitarian, which it can’t, as that would be suicidal. As I noted in a recent column:

New Normal totalitarianism — and any global-capitalist form of totalitarianism — cannot display itself as totalitarianism, or even authoritarianism. It cannot acknowledge its political nature. In order to exist, it must not exist. Above all, it must erase its violence (the violence that all politics ultimately comes down to) and appear to us as an essentially beneficent response to a legitimate ‘global health crisis’ …

The simulated “global health crisis” is, for all intents and purposes, over. Which means that GloboCap has screwed the pooch. The thing is, if you intend to keep the masses whipped up into a mindless frenzy of anus-puckering paranoia over an “apocalyptic global pandemic,” at some point, you have to produce an actual apocalyptic global pandemic. Faked statistics and propaganda will carry you for a while, but eventually people are going to need to experience something at least resembling an actual devastating worldwide plague, in reality, not just on their phones and TVs.

Also, GloboCap seriously overplayed their hand with the miracle “vaccines.” Covidian cultists really believed that the “vaccines” would protect them from infection. Epidemiology experts like Rachel Maddow assured them that they would:

‘Now we know that the vaccines work well enough that the virus stops with every vaccinated person,’ Maddow said on her show the evening of March 29, 2021. ‘A vaccinated person gets exposed to the virus, the virus does not infect them, the virus cannot then use that person to go anywhere else,” she added with a shrug. “It cannot use a vaccinated person as a host to go get more people.’

And now they are all sick with … well, a cold, basically, or are “asymptomatically infected,” or whatever. And they are looking at a future in which they will have to submit to “vaccinations” and “boosters” every three or four months to keep their “compliance certificates” current, in order to be allowed to hold a job, attend a school, or eat at a restaurant, which, OK, hardcore cultists are fine with, but there are millions of people who have been complying, not because they are delusional fanatics who would wrap their children’s heads in cellophane if Anthony Fauci ordered them to, but purely out of “solidarity,” or convenience, or herd instinct, or … you know, cowardice.

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With “peace activists” like these, who needs warmongers?

Posted by M. C. on January 12, 2022

https://markcrispinmiller.substack.com/p/with-peace-activists-like-these-who?r=nuygo

Mark Crispin Miller

It seems Medea Benjamin has been too busy seeking peace to do much reading on the subjects that she writes about (as in the piece below).

If she were to look into that “coup attempt” almost a year ago, beyond the shrilling of the media—reading the few journalists who’ve seriously followed up on what went down that day, and watching the many videos taken at the scene—Benjamin would see that that preposterous circus was no “coup attempt,” but a made-for-Twitter psy-op managed by the FBI, to give the media, and combustible “progressives” like herself, seeming grounds to fulminate and stamp their feet about the “threat” posed by Trump’s “fascist” base—a perfect way to deepen the division between “red” and “blue” throughout the USA, thereby further weakening We the People, and to create a “fascist” bogey to obscure the actual totalitarianism coming down on all of us. Like Noam Chomsky (who, once upon a time, knew better, but apparently forgot it all), Benjamin has no idea what a real “coup attempt” entails. She therefore ought to do a little reading on what, say, the CIA did in Iran in 1953, Guatemala the year after, South Vietnam in 1963, Indonesia in 1965, and Chile in 1973—just to name a few—so she can see last year’s state-orchestrated pseudo-“insurrection” for the propaganda fake-out that it obviously was.

Benjamin might also take a moment to reread, or read, the Constitution. Even more disconcerting than her innocence of history (up to a year ago) is her unawareness, or tacit celebration, of what’s happened to 600+ of her fellow-citizens since that “coup attempt,” which the Biden/Harris DoJ used as a pretext to throw them into federal prison on no charges, and keep many of them there, for months, in solitary confinement (which is just as wrong today as when they did it to Nelson Mandela), and subjecting others to frequent beatings and/or medical neglect. All she knows is that she’s glad that “participants in the insurrection [are] being charged,” and that “some [are] facing significant jail time.”

How does she know they’re guilty? Because the government says so? (Or is it the New York Times that’s told her what to think?) How many of those jailed “insurrectionists” were even in the Capitol at all? And what, exactly, are they all “being charged” with? Trespassing? Protesting? Rude behavior in a federal building? And how much “jail time” does this “progressive” deem “significant”?  They’re “facing jail time” of up to 20 years. Will that be “significant” enough to suit Medea Benjamin? Or would she like to see them jailed for life?

Now, what kind of “peace activist” is it who vigorously protests US acts of war against (say) Nicaragua, Cuba, Yemen, Syria, but actually supports the biggest war in human history—a war waged on us all, and one whose toll already has been vastly greater than the toll of all those “little” US wars combined? It is in furtherance of this war that the US government, and “our free press” (both corporate and “alternative”), have wildly demonized all those protesting this biggest-ever waras “far right” subversives, Nazis, “white supremacists” (just as the US government, and much of “our free press,” attacked those protesting the war in Vietnam as “communists” or Kremlin tools). That campaign greatly benefits the globalist cabal conducting this unprecedented war, by (again) dividing We the People—the oldest tactic in the Book of Empire—and normalizing the severe repression of dissent, so as to chill resistance to this bio-fascist order.

Like Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Michael Moore and all her other comrades on what (ever more perversely) calls itself “the left,”  Benjamin is weirdly blind to what is, clearly, World War III. (Outraged by the US blockades on Cuba and Iraq, because they’ve hurt so many Cubans and Iraqis, she’s never said a word about the lockdowns killing millions the world over.) And, like Chomsky and those other “leftist” bio-fascists, Benjamin is so bizarrely blind to this apocalyptic war because she’s swallowed the Big Lie about “the virus”—and the urgent need for those “vaccines” to save us from it—as completely as the German people swallowed the Big Lie about “the Jews” as vermin teeming with bacteria, necessitating their removal from society (then their extermination) so as to keep the German people “safe.”

And that is why Medea Benjamin regards the mass arrest, prolonged detention and excessive punishment of all those “insurrectionists” as the best thing that happened all last year. It’s also why—again, like all her comrades on “the left,” including Jewish Voice for Peace, in which she’s very active—Benjamin wants every Third World people “fully vaccinated,” too, as soon as possible. Thus this “peace activist” apparently supports the forcible injection of those people, who have mostly made quite clear—in India, Australia, Canada, South Africa—that they don’t want it; and so, like Chomsky and the rest, Medea Benjamin is in complete agreement with Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the World Economic Forum (including Henry Kissinger). 

God save us all from a “world peace” like that, and from the quisling “left” promoting it, in full collusion with those towering criminals.   

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Liberty Is Our Natural Condition – LewRockwell LewRockwell.com

Posted by M. C. on December 13, 2021

Mencken wrote, “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.”

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/12/karen-kwiatkowski/liberty-is-our-natural-condition/

By Karen Kwiatkowski

Freedom’s Phoenix

The challenge facing us now, and in coming year, is about power – who will have it, how it will be wielded, and to what end.  The US government has spent literally trillions of dollars to concentrate its power, and to design systems with which to manage and control all materials, resources, human lives and activities. 

The COVID “response” is an excellent barometer of the real aim of government, and its proficiency at driving the human herd. H.L. Mencken’s observation from a century ago has certainly aged well.

Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.

Power is being extracted from individuals, families, and communities by a voracious federal government.  Many Americans, as Mencken would have predicted and did observe, are voluntarily ceding power to politicians and bureaucrats today, in a vain hope that “things” will get “better.”  A small minority have not and will not, and a growing number of people who were not paying close attention before are starting to reject and call out the ongoing power grab.

If our government is the enemy, it would pay not to underestimate its strengths, its greed, and its overwhelming desire to survive and grow.  The US Government has already labeled those of us who actually plan to survive in our little corner.  We are not just citizens busy planning next year’s garden, and looking to expand our independence in areas of food, shelter, energy, transportation, health and communication – we are terrorists and enemies of the state.

A strength of the USG is its ability to message, and to control the “message.”  It shares Stalin’s idea that a big lie repeated often enough becomes truth.  Again, the COVID era has been revealing of how far a nervous government, with the help of its allied and co-dependent cronies in the mainstream media and the non-profit organizations of billionaire “philanthropists” like Bill Gates, will go to control outcomes in their favor.

Hannah Arendt, in her The Origins of Totalitarianism wrote, “Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.”

Government propaganda has evolved rapidly since Arendt fled Germany in 1933.  The goals remain the same, but the means and methods now include all of social media (Meta), global database and logistics companies (Amazon and Google), and communications and government subsidized electricity and energy industries integrated with a progressively intrusive and sophisticated surveillance state.  The target of government propaganda is mapped, studied, measured, and monitored.  That target is us.

How is such a situation resolved, contained, or eliminated?  Allowing centralization of power to the extent envisioned by our political leaders and their well-funded bureaucracies and agencies, is terminal for not just the antique idea of a Republic, but for life and the environment.  The rule of eventual disorder prevails, and when powerful totalitarian systems collapse, whether they are kingdoms, democracies or fascist states, millions of people are spiritually, economically and physically crushed, resources are squandered and destroyed, environments trashed and productive capacity abandoned to decay and destruction.  It’s in the history books, over and over again, but we somehow believe it can’t happen here.

So what can be done? So much is possible! Etienne De La Boetie as a young man in the 1500s came to the clear conclusion that we as individuals are not forced to submit to bad political leaders, and bad government, or any government. Instead we choose to submit, and we voluntarily give away our power because of what we believe about both the state, and our own capabilities.

I’m sure Etienne would cheer “Let’s Go Brandon” – millions of people speaking to power in an era of fear with this veiled repudiation of the current US President, and his coterie of fascists, communists and socialists.

De La Boetie, Arendt, and Mencken – and thousands more thinkers and historians around the world who have studied government practices and society with an eye to liberty as our natural condition – would probably recognize and support the growing minority in the country who are becoming, at various rates of speed, intellectual and material refuseniks.

I propose a five point plan. Many of us are already on it, and some of us are all over it.

1) Personal economic independence, and interdependence.

2) Prioritization of what is important.

3) Proclaiming our sincerely held beliefs, and keeping them simple.

4) Preparing for life in a collapsing state.

5) Pray without ceasing.

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Article: Cull, Track and Control | OpEdNews

Posted by M. C. on November 29, 2021

The most salient feature of totalitarianism is control of movement,

For the state, the whole point of tracking is to reward or punish, mostly the latter. In the past, you’d be invited to the police station, or just dragged off the street. Now, punishment can be much tidier, and instant, even for the tiniest sin. That’s where the vaccine, green, access or health passport comes in.

Though the left is supposedly most sensitive to animal rights, they just shrug at Fauci having puppies, with their vocal cords cut, eaten alive by ants.

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Cull-Track-and-Control-by-Linh-Dinh-Covid-19-211125-701.html

By Linh Dinh

The most salient feature of totalitarianism is control of movement, which entails tracking each citizen. Before the internet era, this could only be achieved roughly.

The state knew John Smith lived on Lumumba Street and worked on Stalin Avenue. If Smith wanted to spend a night at a woman’s apartment, she had to register him at the neighborhood police station. Big Brother entered the bedroom, but not totally, for he couldn’t hear all the sibilants, exhalations and squishes. Daytime movement was generally unmonitored, but the state always knew where you were at night.

Smith’s ID card also prevented him from moving to the next city, much less getting a better job there, so he was stuck in Bidenstadt, his hometown.

Smith was free, though, to walk into any state store to browse, for as long as he wanted, its empty shelves.

Now, the state knows where Smith is all the time. At 5:51:15PM, this scowling man is again at Blather Bar, next to Red Levine, who, despite his name, also has alternative right tendencies. Vein-popping fans of Steve Sailer, each has left hundreds of fist-pumping comments, under “sigofnig” and “xxxxrabbi.”

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Watch “The Road To Totalitarianism Is Paved With “Vaccine Passports”” on YouTube

Posted by M. C. on September 2, 2021

Vaccinated? Think you are off the hook? Think again.

The sheep will put up with control AS LONG AS EVERYONE ELSE HAS TO OBEY.

As time goes on, the insidious nature of “vaccine passports” continues to come into view. Should such a “system” be adopted worldwide, totalitarianism would exist like never before. We’re already starting to see that the “fully vaccinated” can once again be considered “unvaccinated,” as the number of shots required increases. Who’s to say that the “passports” must be limited to vaccines in the future? Once in place, can’t people be restricted from movement for any other reason that governments desire?

https://youtu.be/9CheilbGxRg

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Democracy’s Road to Tyranny | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. on July 25, 2021

There is, in fact, only either just or unjust discrimination. Yet, egalitarian democracy remains adamant in its totalitarian policy. The popular pastime of modern democracies of punishing the diligent and thrifty, while rewarding the lazy, improvident, and unthrifty, is cultivated via the State, fulfilling a demo-egalitarian program based on a demo-totalitarian ideology.

Democratic tyranny, evolving on the sly as a slow and subtle corruption leading to total State control, is thus the third and by no means rarest road to the most modern form of slavery.

https://mises.org/wire/democracys-road-tyranny

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Plato, in his Republic, tells us that tyranny arises, as a rule, from democracy. Historically, this process has occurred in three quite different ways. Before describing these several patterns of social change, let us state precisely what we mean by “democracy.”

Pondering the question of “Who should rule,” the democrat gives his answer: “the majority of politically equal citizens, either in person or through their representatives.” In other words, equality and majority rule are the two fundamental principles of democracy. A democracy may be either liberal or illiberal.

Genuine liberalism is the answer to an entirely different question: How should government be exercised? The answer it provides is: regardless of who rules, government must be carried out in such a way that each person enjoys the greatest amount of freedom, compatible with the common good. This means that an absolute monarchy could be liberal (but hardly democratic) and a democracy could be totalitarian, illiberal, and tyrannical, with a majority brutally persecuting minorities. (We are, of course, using the term “liberal” in the globally accepted version and not in the American sense, which since the New Deal has been totally perverted.)

How could a democracy, even an initially liberal one, develop into a totalitarian tyranny? As we said in the beginning, there are three avenues of approach, and in each case the evolution would be of an “organic” nature. The tyranny would evolve from the very character of even a liberal democracy because there is, from the beginning on, a worm in the apple: freedom and equality do not mix, they practically exclude each other. Equality doesn’t exist in nature and therefore can be established only by force. He who wants geographic equality has to dynamite mountains and fill up the valleys. To get a hedge of even height one has to apply pruning shears. To achieve equal scholastic levels in a school one would have to pressure certain students into extra hard work while holding back others.

The first road to totalitarian tyranny (though by no means the most frequently used) is the overthrow by force of a liberal democracy through a revolutionary movement, as a rule a party advocating tyranny but unable to win the necessary support in free elections. The stage for such violence is set if the parties represent philosophies so different as to make dialogue and compromise impossible. Clausewitz said that wars are the continuation of diplomacy by other means, and in ideologically divided nations revolutions are truly the continuation of parliamentarism with other means. The result is the absolute rule of one “party” which, having finally achieved complete control, might still call itself a party, referring to its parliamentary past, when it still was merely a part of the diet.

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Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (1909-1999) was an Austrian nobleman and socio-political theorist who described himself as an enemy of all forms of totalitarianism and as an “extreme conservative arch-liberal” or “liberal of the extreme right.” Described as “A Walking Book of Knowledge,” Kuehnelt-Leddihn had an encyclopedic knowledge of the humanities and was a polyglot, able to speak eight languages and read seventeen others. 

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The Media Strive to Control Us Completely | Chronicles

Posted by M. C. on July 22, 2021

Today the media no longer boasts of being a counterforce to the military and secret service. Instead they are an integral part of the same power structure. There is no distance between these wielders of power; all of them are closely allied to the Democratic Party and woke politics.

https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/blog/the-media-strive-to-control-us-completely/

By Paul Gottfried

Decades before the electronic media giants rose to their dizzying heights of power and began canceling those whom they decided to bully, a man named Leopold Tyrmand, the future founder of Chronicles magazine, exposed the false self-image of the media as they claimed to defend our freedoms, when they were really aiming for absolute social control. Today, Tyrmand’s remarks in his widely noted American Scholar essay, “The Media Shangri-la: Where Everyone is Free, but some are Freer,” stand out as masterful satirical commentary conveying self-evident criticisms.

Taking his title from the Himalayan utopia depicted in James Hilton’s bestselling novel Lost Horizon, the name for this imaginary place eventually came to denote a secure and serene environment, which, according to Tyrmand, is what the media oligarchs presently enjoy.

Leopold Tyrmand was a renowned satirist, novelist, and outspoken anti-Communist in Poland until he emigrated to the U.S. in 1966. Settling in this country, he continued to write and publish in the Polish language, his works a valued form of underground literature in Communist Poland. “The Media Shangri-la,” in which Tyrmand unloads on the mendacity and hypocrisy of the American media of 1975, shows that he was able to write just as arrestingly in English as in his native tongue.

Although familiar with his subject, Tyrmand’s essay on the media deliberately gives the impression of one who is an outsider looking in on a ridiculous spectacle. It is an enterprise, we are told, in which “disruptive triviality became natural or social process, gawky permissiveness became nonconformity, vulgarity became health, faddishness humanism, exploitative smartness revolutionary change.” He further notes:

With a power to create something out of nothing, the media began, not long ago, to forge their own image—that of a weak, harassed entity whose performance of lawful service to the public is endangered by a brutal, omnipresent government. Exactly the opposite is true.

Tyrmand, who listened to the media attentively after arriving on these shores, was particularly struck by how cavalierly but also self-righteously they stretched the truth. He spoke about the “totalitarian gimmick” seemingly perfected by the Nazis and Communists, but which the American media further developed. These masters of deceit repeated lies with such frequency that the public could no longer tell “the true from the untrue.” Worse, the American media did not simply repeat untruths, but they “produce… endless versions” of their invented narratives, while striking the mock “heroic stance taken by those dedicated to fighting for unpopular causes.”

Although Tyrmand’s censures about the American media—which by now have reproduced themselves in almost every Western country—are as valid today as when he wrote them 45 years ago, certain circumstances have changed, and it would be remiss of me not to mention what they are. The lies that aroused Tyrmand’s concern and anger most intensely were those related to the concerted effort by our journalists and TV commentators to whitewash Communist aggressions and atrocities and blame the U.S. for all clashes with the Soviets, Red Chinese, or their proxies. Far-left journalists like Daniel Schorr and Carl Bernstein, some of whom had intergenerational Communist family associations, were lionized by their colleagues as fearless investigative reporters, and anything embarrassing to the American side during the Vietnam War or helpful to our Communist enemies became a news story in the national press, most conspicuously on CBS and in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Tyrmand’s references to the mock heroics of those who leaked the Pentagon Papers, a classified report on the Vietnam War prepared by the Department of Defense under Secretary Robert McNamara in 1967, show us the mindset of the media even then. Tyrmand notes that while those who leaked classified information expected others to pat them on their backs for being brave, what their experiences really taught was “the more powerful the institution, the more hypocrisy.” Daniel Schorr in a rare moment of candor admitted that an FBI investigation to which he may have been subject made him more “saleable.” In any case, noted Schorr, “I had a big corporation behind me,” namely CBS.

Other priorities of the media elite have changed since Tyrmand penned his memorable essay. Today the media no longer boasts of being a counterforce to the military and secret service. Instead they are an integral part of the same power structure. There is no distance between these wielders of power; all of them are closely allied to the Democratic Party and woke politics.

But even here Tyrmand may not be entirely out of step. He argues again and again in his essay that the media have placed themselves “beyond the practical reach of anyone.” Furthermore, “Deciding who stays on the stage and who leaves, while they keep the stage gives them an air of invincibility that seems unpardonable to all those to whom democracy is instinct, intuition and an elusive promise of something better.” Even if onetime political rivals have become their closest allies, the media, whatever the technical form in which they operate, have not given up their efforts to control us completely.

Paul Gottfried

Paul Gottfried is editor in chief of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is also the Raffensperger Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Elizabethtown College, where he taught for 25 years, a Guggenheim recipient, and a Yale Ph.D. He is the author of 13 books, most recently Fascism: Career of a Concept and Revisions and Dissents.

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A Primer for the Propagandized: Fear Is the Mind-Killer – OffGuardian

Posted by M. C. on May 18, 2021

George Orwell wrote,

As far as the mass of the people go, the extraordinary swings of opinion which occur nowadays, the emotions which can be turned on and off like a tap, are the result of newspaper and radio hypnosis.”

https://off-guardian.org/2021/05/14/a-primer-for-the-propagandized-fear-is-the-mind-killer/

Margaret Anna Alice

Totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph anywhere.”
George Orwell

The noose is dangling gently around our necks. Every day, they cinch it tighter. By the time we realize it’s strangling us, it will be too late.

Those who – gradually and gleefully – sacrifice their freedoms, their autonomy, their individuality, their livelihoods, and their relationships on the altar of the “common good” have forgotten this is the pattern followed by every totalitarian regime in history.

Everyone wonders how ordinary Germans could have been manipulated to participate or stand dumbstruck while their government was transformed into a genocidal juggernaut. This is how. Read Sebastian Haffner’s Defying Hitler memoir to see how this can happen anywhere—including here.

Everyone wonders how Russians could have permitted and even zealously reported fellow citizens for imprisonment and execution under Article 58, the penal code invented to incarcerate anyone who dared express the slightest whisper of noncompliance under Stalin’s homicidal state. This is how. Read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s meticulously documented The Gulag Archipelago to witness this progression of authoritarian lunacy.

Everyone wonders how Hutus could have suddenly started axing their Tutsi neighbors to death after being inundated with waves of anti-Tutsi propaganda from Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines. Read Philip Gourevitch’s We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda.

The list goes on. And on. And on. From Machiavelli’s The Prince to Étienne de la Boetie’s The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude to Edward Herman’s and Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent (and accompanying documentary) to BBC’s The Century of the Self, mechanisms of mass control have been chronicled for millennia.

George Orwell wrote,

As far as the mass of the people go, the extraordinary swings of opinion which occur nowadays, the emotions which can be turned on and off like a tap, are the result of newspaper and radio hypnosis.”

Can you imagine what master propagandist Edward Bernays would have done with access to today’s mainstream media conglomerate combined with the global surveillance infrastructure of Big Tech? And you really think that’s not happening now—with another century of psychological, neurological, and technological research under their belts?

The present ability to curate reality and coerce obedience is unprecedented, far beyond what Orwell envisioned in 1984, Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451, Huxley in Brave New World, and Burgess in A Clockwork Orange.

A textbook example of Problem Reaction Solution, the current tsunami of worldwide hysteria is the latest and potentially most threatening example of mass control in history.

The recipe is simple. Take a naturally occurring phenomenon, say a seasonal virus, and exaggerate its threat far beyond every imagining—despite exhaustive evidence to the contrary. Suppress, silence, ostracize, and demonize every individual who dares present facts that expose the false mono-narrative.

Whip up a witches’ brew of anger, envy, and, most importantly, fear, escalating emotions to a boil so as to short-circuit our faculties of reason and logic.

Isolate us from one another, supplant real-world interactions with virtual feuds, label nonconformists as a threat to the group, and pump the public with a disinformation campaign designed to confuse and atomize. In essence, foster a cultlike mentality that shuts down thought to guarantee assent.

Cultivate and wield our cognitive biases—especially ingroup bias, conformity bias, and authority bias—against us in a comprehensive divide-and-conquer policy that keeps us too busy squabbling amongst each other to recognize and unite against those corralling us into a Matrix-like collective delusion that enables the powerful to extract our resources for their own gain.

This ideological mass psychosis is religion—not science. If this were about science, the Media–Pharmaceutical–Big-Tech complex would not be memory-holing every dissenting voice, vilifying every thought criminal, and censoring every legitimate inquiry in quest of the truth.

Mark Twain said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

He also said:

>“In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.”

The next time you’re watching the news, reading a social media post, listening to a friend repeat a scripted talking point, pay attention. Learn to identify the earmarks of propaganda, the clickbait used to trigger your emotions, the mechanisms employed to engineer your cognitive biases.

Don’t let your pride prevent you from seeing—and admitting—the Emperor is naked. We are losing our last sliver of opportunity to resist authoritarianism.

This is not a partisan issue. Those who wish to control us have made it such because disunited lemmings are easier to steer than independent, critical thinkers.

This is a human issue. This is about crushing the middle class—the backbone of a democratic republic—and transferring trillions from the middle and lower classes to the ruling plutocracy. This is about demolishing the foundations of a free society and building it back—not better, but better-controlled.

I will close by recommending a series of illuminating videos on menticide (“the systematic effort to undermine and destroy a person’s values and beliefs … to induce radically different ideas”) throughout history by Academy of Ideas. This analysis of mass psychosis is nonpartisan and of value to every thinking human being.

Dare to question. Dare to disbelieve. Dare to defy ideology in favor of science while you still can.

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NOTE – This originated as a response to a Nextdoor.com post titled, “So many people think these Covid rules are for our safety but it’s really about control.” By the time I finished writing it, the post had vanished.

Originally published under the same title at Margaret Anna Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Margaret Anna examines propaganda, neuropsychology, culture, linguistic programming, and mass control in her aim to awaken the sleeping before tyranny triumphs.

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